Contact us

University Public Affairs helps Virginia Commonwealth University communicate with the general public by working with news media regionally, nationally and internationally, and by providing other communications services.

We are a 24-hour operation. Members of the media should call or text (804) 418-0174 to reach an on-call public affairs staff member outside of regular business hours. On-call staff members can assist with emergency requests or assist reporters with an immediate deadline.

University Public Affairs

  • Grace Street Center
  • 912 West Grace Street
  • Box 842041
  • Richmond, Virginia 23284-2041
  • Phone: (804) 828-1231
  • Fax: (804) 828-2018
  • Email:


For media inquiries, contact one of the University Public Affairs staff members below. The news topics they are responsible for are included with their listing.

Michael R. Porter, APR [View Image]
  • Michael R. Porter, APR
  • Associate vice president for public affairs
  • Phone: (804) 828-7037
  • Center for Community Engagement and Impact, Division of Student Affairs, Division for Inclusive Excellence
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Esther Benenson [View Image]
  • Esther Benenson
  • News editor for VCU Health
  • Phone: (804) 827-0871
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Mary Kate Brogan [View Image]
  • Mary Kate Brogan
  • Public relations specialist
  • (804) 828-7701
  • College of Health Professions, School of Dentistry, School of Medicine, School of Nursing, School of Pharmacy
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Corey Byers [View Image]
  • Corey Byers
  • Senior public relations specialist
  • Phone: (804) 828-3907
  • VCU Police
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Jonsette Calloway [View Image]
  • Jonsette Calloway
  • Public relations specialist
  • Phone: (804) 828-4482
  • VCU Parking and Transportation
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Dedrain Davis [View Image]
  • Dedrain Davis
  • Public relations coordinator
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Tom Gresham [View Image]
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James Irwin [View Image]
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Brian McNeill [View Image]
  • Brian McNeill
  • Senior public relations specialist
  • Phone: (804) 827-0889
  • College of Humanities and Sciences, Department of Business Services, School of Social Work, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, School of Education, VCU Libraries
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Laura Rossacher [View Image]
  • Laura Rossacher
  • Director for public affairs, VCU Health
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Leila Ugincius [View Image]
  • Leila Ugincius
  • Senior public relations specialist
  • Phone: (804) 828-2725
  • School of the Arts, School of Business, College of Engineering, Facilities Management, VCU Brandcenter, intern program
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Other public relations contacts

These staff members are responsible for public relations in specialized areas at VCU.

Additional University Public Affairs staff

Jennifer Carmean [View Image]
  • Jennifer Carmean
  • Director of communications for university initiatives
  • Phone: (804) 828-4645
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Pauline Clay [View Image]
  • Pauline Clay
  • Copy editor
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Elinor Frisa [View Image]
  • Elinor Frisa
  • VCU home page manager
  • Phone: (804) 827-2802
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Michele Howell [View Image]
  • Michele Howell
  • FOIA officer
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Pat Kane [View Image]
  • Pat Kane
  • Social media strategist
  • Phone: (804) 828-2217
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Jack Norton [View Image]
  • Jack Norton
  • TelegRAM editor/writer
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Saher Randhawa [View Image]
  • Saher Randhawa
  • Social media content strategist
  • Phone: (804) 827-9946
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Tristana Nesvig Trani [View Image]
  • Tristana Nesvig Trani
  • Director of social strategy and integration
  • Phone: (804) 828-3043
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